Bloggers have plenty to say on the water bond, plus desalination in drought, water rationing, BDCP, almond farming, food waste, groundwater, and … a salmon cannon … ??!?

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Revised water bond is the right response to California’s drought: Kate Poole writes: “A broad array of stakeholders and interest groups, including NRDC, joined Governor Brown today to call for action on a proposed water bond that is slimmed down, focused on a key set of investments, and far superior to the $11.1 billion bond currently scheduled for the November ballot.  This collaborative meeting between Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, Legislative water leaders and more than two dozen leaders from conservation,  agricultural, water, environmental justice, labor and business groups was focused on coming together around a revised bond proposal that is the right response to California’s drought. … ”  Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog here: Revised Water Bond Is the Right Response to California’s Drought

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I’m happy the Legislature and Governor have agreed on a new water bond, but I will probably still vote against it.:  Jeff Michael writes: “The most important benefit of approving the new $7.5 billion water bond last night for the fall ballot is that it repeals and replaces the terrible, $11.1 billion bond leftover from the 2009 water package.  The 2009 bond was seen as unlikely to pass, but it had a chance with the drought deepening, and that would have been the worst outcome of all.   From my initial read, the new bond is a significant improvement in two major areas ... ”  Continue reading from the Valley Economy blog here:  I’m happy the Legislature and Governor have agreed on a new water bond, but I will probably still vote against it.

Of California water bondage:  Rod Smith writes: “Spent Wednesday night watching the action on the State Senate floor on the new California water bond (thanks to Maven for the link).  With Governor Brown signing the bill later that night, there is a new bond on the ballot replacing the $11.14 billion bond passed in 2009.  The “fear of failure” led the Legislature to delay putting the large bond on the 2010 and 2012 ballots.  What’s the new bond?  Will the trimmed down version pass muster with voters?  What did we learn about water politics and leadership in California? ... ”  Continue reading at the Hydrowonk blog here:  Of (CA) water bondage

Legislature passes first water storage bond in 50 years: Wayne Lusvardi writes: “With the drought still drying up the state, the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday poured out a $7.5 billion water bond that includes $2.7 billion for water storage. If voters give their approval this November, this will be the first bond in 50 years to include water storage.  The storage is significant because, from 1971 to 2014, California voters passed 21 water bonds totaling $35.9 billion without any water storage. Paraphrasing poet Samuel T. Coleridge, California had “bonds, bonds, water bonds, but not a drop of water to drink.”… ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  Legislature passes first water storage bond in 50 years

Prop. 1 bond funds non-water bureaucracy: John Seller writes: “Proposition 1, the new $7.5 billion water bond just passed by the Legislature, contains water storage in an statewide bond for the first time since 1965. It will go before voters on Nov. 4. The previous 21 water bonds since 1971 contained no water storage.  But $297.5 million of the new bond funds mostly are to buy land, not water, purportedly to protect mountain watersheds from unspecified threats. … ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here: Prop. 1 bond funds non-water bureaucracy

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The Water Bond…Letting Go Of The North South Divide: Billie Greer writes:“In the nick of time, the legislature and the Governor have produced a $7.5 billion water bond proposal for voter consideration in November.  There is a lot to love in this proposal.  Capturing and storing water during wet years, knowing that droughts are a given.  Cleaning up our water supplies to ensure safe drinking water, along with recycling and conservation, among other efforts. That’s the good news.  The uncertain news is — Will the proposal rekindle the water wars of the past as the ballot measure campaign moves forward? ... ”  Continue reading at Fox and Hounds here: The Water Bond…Letting Go Of The North South Divide

Liar, liar, pants on fire: Families Protecting the Valley writes: “Dino Cortopassi describes himself as a 77-year-old lifelong California resident retired from a 55-year career, first in farming and then in food prosessing. He is running a series of full-page ads he calls “Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!” in the San Diego Union, the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Stockton Record, the Los Angeles Times and the Fresno Bee. The ads make the case that California’s economic condition isn’t the rosy scenario being painted by politicians in Sacramento. He’s paying for the ads out of his personal savings.  … ”  Read more from Families Protecting the Valley here:  Liar, liar, pants on fire

Why we should all vote no on the water bond: Burt Wilson writes: “The re-worked, cobbled-together $7.5-billion Water Bond will be on the ballot this November as Proposition 1. It has been presented as “tunnels neutral”–meaning supposedly that not one dollar will go to help the Bay Delta Corruption Plan (BDCP) in any way, shape or form. But already certain aspects of the bill have been exposed as pro-BDCP elements by anti-tunnel activists. ... ”  Continue reading at the Public Water News Service blog here:  Why we should all vote no on the water bond

Unlawful diversions in the Delta: Tit for tat:  Alex Breitler writes:  “While the state and federal governments and water exporters question the legality of agricultural diversions within the Delta, Stockton environmentalist Bill Jennings is now questioning the legality of diversions by the state and federal governments and water exporters. … ”  Read more from Alex Breitler’s blog here:  Tit for tat

Drought journal: Search for Sierra fish goes from bad to worse: Is the drought hastening the decline of California’s native fish? Will they be able to recolonize once normal conditions return?  To help find out, a team of researchers with the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences are taking the pulse of about 70 streams and rivers across northern and central California this summer, examining habitat conditions and sampling by electrofishing to document the composition and density of fish communities. The selected streams all have data from earlier fish surveys for comparison.  Amber Manfree, a geographer with the center, happily volunteered to help the team last week —”What could beat four days of camping and sampling fish in the central Sierra?” She joined project leader Rebecca Quiñones, researcher Andy Bell and student assistants Scott Perry and Cameron Reyes as they examined about a dozen sites in the Tuolumne River Watershed. The group is midway through the summer-long project. … ”  Continue reading at the California Water Blog here: Drought journal: Search for Sierra fish goes from bad to worse

What about desalination during a drought? Amanda Pebler writes: “When discussing the current drought in California, there is often talk of desalination and its potential to increase our freshwater supply. Desalination, the process of removing salt and minerals from saline water, seems like an obvious solution to the drought and ongoing water scarcity concerns because it is a reliable, drought-proof water source. Indeed, fourteen new desalination plants have been proposed along the California coast and one is under development in Carlsbad. For many, this may seem like an answer to the “exceptional drought”. As consumers, it may also seem like a way to help us avoid making lifestyle changes, such as Governor Jerry Brown’s call for Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. But while desalination may be a reliable option, the answer is much more complicated. … ”  Read more from the Pacific Institute here:  What about desalination in a drought?

Pay Up Shut Up – Brown Administration Plan Would Force Homeowners to Pay for Unneeded Water Project: C-WIN writes: “As the old adage has it, “You pays your money and you takes your choice.” Except when there is no choice – then you just pay. That’s the situation now facing California property owners, who recently learned that they may be burdened by unlimited new property taxes to finance a public works boondoggle that will provide no palpable benefits to rank-and-file citizens.  The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is an initiative by the Brown administration that has nothing to do with conservation. It calls for construction of two massive subterranean tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta to deliver water to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and southern California urban water districts. Final cost with interest and anticipated overruns: $67 billion or more. … ”  Read more from C-WIN here:  Pay Up Shut Up – Brown Administration Plan Would Force Homeowners to Pay for Unneeded Water Project

Water rationing in California has a long, tough history: Josh Sides writes: “Southern Californians are atwitter about their lawns, but the California State Water Board’s new regulation, forbidding a whole host of wasteful practices, is long overdue. Also long overdue is the $500 fine for violating the new regulation, though some are already decrying these efforts as an intrusion of the so-called “Nanny State.” But surely critics would agree that a $500 fine is preferable to being shamed, jailed, exiled, or even executed for their wastefulness. And yet, those are some of the precise punishments visited upon water wasters in the history of California. … ”  Read more from LA Observed here:  Water rationing in California has a long, tough history

Eight questions for your water utility after the UCLA water main break:  Ed Osann writes: “The water and mud from the big water main break that flooded the UCLA campus in Los Angeles in late July left behind several questions that could be asked of every water supplier in the country.  Find out for yourself how vulnerable your home town’s water supply is to leaks and breaks with these eight questions. … ”  Read more from the NRDC Switchboard blog here:  8 questions for your water utility after the UCLA water main break

Switch to almond farming hits water policy: Wayne Lusvardi writes:  “Got almonds?  California rice farmers are shifting to growing higher-priced almonds, whose acreage jumped by more than 50 percent last year, to offset the high price of water during the drought. But there will be many unforeseen consequences, especially as rice harvests decline.  Although the data are not in yet, the shift to almonds could be so lucrative it could bring a possible increase in overall farm water usage. … ”  Read more from the Cal Watchdog blog here:  Switch to almond farming hits water policy

Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it?  Elaine Watson writes:  “Americans don’t eat a third of the food they produce. But while this shocking statistic might alarm consumers, many still don’t see themselves as part of the problem, and mistakenly believe that food waste is less damaging to the environment than other things we throw away, according to a new survey. … ”  Read more from Food Navigator here:  Why do we waste so much food, and what can we do about it?

Valley citizens unite against mining groundwater:  It’s only fitting that some of the speakers during Tuesday’s public comment portion of the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors meeting had names like “Smith” and “Jones.” It was one of those rare moments when ordinary citizens speak in unison and form a truly “public” opinion. The keynote was sounded by John Booker, a retired architect from Oakdale, who represented over one-hundred members of the Stanislaus Water Coalition ... ”  Read more from The Valley Citizen here: Valley Citizens Unite Against Mining Water

Bonus water for Lake Mead likely in 2015, but it will just keep dropping anyway: John Fleck writes: “The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s key August forecast, out today (pdf),projects that there will be enough water in the Colorado River system next year to release a bonus pulse of 770,000 acre feet of water from Lake Powell down to lake Mead above and beyond the legal requirements of the Colorado River Compact. But even with that extra water, Lake Mead is projected to fall another five feet during 2015, flirting with levels that could trigger the Lower Colorado River Basin’s first formal shortage declaration in 2016. ... ”  Read more from the Inkstain blog here: Bonus water likely for Lake Mead in 2015, but it’ll just keep dropping anyway

And lastly … The next brainstorm for weary fish:  The salmon cannon:  You’ve got to see this for yourself: ” … A company in Washington state has come up with what some folks are calling a salmon cannon. It is actually kind of cool looking — a system of pumps and tubing that can suck a big salmon in one end and shoot it out the other. The firm that invented the system, Whooshh Innovations, is trying it out as a way of moving fish to trucks headed for a Washington hatchery, but it thinks it could be used to shoot fish over some large dams, too — the video includes a demonstration of a couple of salmon getting propelled up a tube that rises 100 vertical feet (then getting snagged out of the air by a guy with a big net). … ” Read more and watch the video here: Video: The Salmon Cannon — Our Next Brainstorm for Weary Fish

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